This took around 10 hours, over a couple weeks to complete. Mechanical and Faber Castell Pencils. Eraser for highlights. Blending stumps, tissues and q-tips for shading. Full list of materials here:[link]
For more of my work and info on commissions please check out my art group: [link]
All complete. Finally. I was almost afraid I was never going to finish it, but I worked on it all afternoon.
(sorry the hat's not that visible. My camera's not that great. =/)
P.S. Thank you Witchi for the link to all those wonderful reference photos! ^_^ --------->NOT A PHOTOMANIPULATION<------- Doesn't even LOOK like one! Seriously! Enlarge the image and look closely. There are many flaws in my drawing...especially look at the sleeves over her hands...look at the shading on her arm...there's TONS of errors I made on this, and I DID post WIPs on this back when I was making it so those who were watching me when I started this drawing know it is not a photomanip....please stop blankly accusing me. I posted it under traditional art, because it is just that...TRADITIONAL art... ---------------------------------------------------
This got published in TeenInk's October issue! Awesome, thank you so much!
Edit: Fixed the face up. I think I like it better now.
Oh yeah. I'm too lazy to do something for my birthday coming up on Friday, so this is my last artwork as of age 15.
The Capri Sun proved to be more than a problem to draw.
A portrait of the amazing and beautiful of her photo [link]
Graphite on Bristol board 14x17" Took about 4 weeks total. Spent over 50 hours on it.
I used HB, H, 3N dynagraph, 4B, and 6B pencils. I blended with tissues and I used a kneaded eraser and a Fabercastell perfection for the individual hairs.
Also a question I get a lot, I will answer it here. What is a dynagraph and where can I get them? A dynagraph is a special non-lead based(it's plastic based instead of lead) pencil that architects used for draughting on mylar film before computer programs were invented for designing out buildings. The pencils come in N0, N2, N3, and N4. They are extremely hard and smooth when put on paper, technically harder than a 9H and it has great consistency. My dad had many of them from when he was first starting out as an architect after he graduated from college a few decades ago. I was looking through his supplies because he lets me use them and I tend to find some neat stuff in his office for my art. I came across the pencils and tried them out. They worked awesomely. So my mother and I drove out to Los Angeles to this architect supply store and found out that they did not make the pencils anymore because of the invention of the Cadd system on the computer and more advanced technology, and this store only carried the last of them. So I bought the whole box of them... Thankfully they don't use up fast, I barely have to sharpen them... So. Yeah.
Literally I had to take a break from both the huge tree drawing (the Simplicity of Silence) I’m working on and my resent encaustic abstractions. I definitely have a need to draw the human eye once in a while, this is my eye drawn from life (mirror) and photo references.
The tree drawing and abstractions both helped me see more clearly than ever, everything I do is sill for the love of observation.
PS this is 10" x 10" and took about 50 hours to draw
When I download a drawing like this study I often get this question and it's a good question and one that needs to be thought through by every realist.
"Hello, I'm doing some research (not very scientific, I just need some opinions) on photo-realism and I'd like to ask you a question if you don't mind: "why not simply take a photograph or use a 3D program"?
That's a great question and a realist has to answer this for him or herself, If copying without change, construction and re-invention, be it form a photograph or from life, then the creative process is not addressed, in this case I agree there is a useless element about it, it becomes a fundamental exercise at best. There is nothing wrong with these exercises if it improves your knowledge and skills as a technician. But if your aim is only to draw like "a photo", I'm afraid you will never attain what "art" has to offer. Also I think too many photo-realists rely on technical eye candy alone, with no imagination, in some sense just a limited skill in observation and a stunted creative process. Working in this manner should be a foundation to build on not an end goal.
My goal as a realist is to understand complexities and details; my interest is how the human eyes perceive not how a camera sees. The hallmark of photorealism is capturing distortion and out of focus areas precisely how the camera does, I'm aware of these things and eliminate most of them. My journey begins at the first look of my model the drawing process then becomes an all consuming study. When I complete the work, I develop an understanding of the subject that's both heightened and very personal. After spending hundreds of hours drawing a person's face all the while observing the small details that cause "likeness" a journey takes places that cannot be achieved by any other means. I don't draw just what I see; it's a combination of facts and feelings that would not work from just a snap of a shutter. I change and alter many thing from the reference photos to me they are just a blueprint an informal guide at best, I transform not just translate what I am observing. I look at small particulars of a person that cannot be seen or deciphered by "normal" cameras. I delete, enhance, elaborate, exaggerate, alter and reinvent, and I do this with putting it through my own psyche. I change what's in front of me, not for the sake of change but because it's inevitable and expected, it's filtered through 40 plus years of living. I have 100% control of every aspect of the final image can this be done with a photo and Photoshop? Perhaps, but not with my unique and very personal technical and artistic language.
In the end, some still call it photo-realism; it's something as an artist I have to accept. We tend to put things in categories, I just have to keep on this road and be true to my vision and artistic language and it's that honesty that will let me connect with some and not with others.
a little present for someone i know :3 : Thomas and Martha Jefferson
- so now, a little bit of history and about this couple :
Throughout their almost eleven-year marriage, the Jeffersons appeared to have been deeply devoted to each other, sharing common passion for music, literature and a mutual suport. On 1782, Ms. Jefferson’s health took a turn to the worse, and Martha died on September 6, a few months after the birth of her last child. Jefferson was so distraught, he did not remarry and remained a widower for the rest of his life, as he promised to his wife. He was inconsolable in his loss and “was led from the room almost in a state of insensibility by his sister Mrs. Carr, who, with great difficulty, got him into his library where he fainted, and remained so long insensible that they feared he would never revive.” After the funeral, he withdrew to his room for three weeks. Afterward he spent hours riding horseback alone around Monticello. His daughter Martha wrote, “In those melancholy rambles I was his constant companion, a solitary witness to many a violent burst of grief.” Not until mid-October did Jefferson begin to resume a normal life when he wrote, “emerging from that stupor of mind which had rendered me as dead to the world as was she whose loss occasioned it.”(…)“All my plans of comfort and happiness were reversed by a single event…” He carried a folded piece of paper with her handwriting with him the rest of his life along with a lock of her hair.
lineart: [link] media: hands, photoshop, piece of paper
American actress and singer-songwriter. She first starred in a string of movies including Songcatcher (2000), An American Rhapsody, (2001) and Passionada (2002). However, it was her role in Mystic River (2003) that garnered her wider recognition. She then starred in the blockbuster film The Day After Tomorrow (2004) and received critical acclaim for her performance in The Phantom of the Opera (2004). She has since starred in Poseidon (2006), Dragonball: Evolution, (2009) and Dare (2009). In 2007, Rossum released her debut album, Inside Out. She also released a Christmas EP the same year titled Carol of the Bells. She currently stars on the Showtime dramedy Shameless, as Fiona Gallagher.
5H, 4H, 3H, 2H, HB, B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B Willow charcoal Kneaded Eraser Electric eraser Mars Rasor A4 (21x29'7 cm) (8,25" x 11,7")
Oh my, my 16th birthday is coming up in a month and a half, and this was the first big drawing I had finished in about 5 months time! I should get to work on more stuff before July rolls around...
A big shout out to all of those dedicated watchers who kept up with this WIP. This took in total about 5 months, probably 80+ hours of work. I've never spent this long on a single drawing before, and I'm just kind of shocked that I actually finished it at this point.
This picture was drawn from the awesome gallery of , and here is the picture I referenced off of: malvina-frolova.deviantart.com… Check out the rest of her gallery, it is beautiful! The model of the photo is the gorgeous !!
Graphite on Bristol board 19x19"
Also, this is my other big drawing I did for my amazing friend Vlad! I did his portrait in January, then started to work on the Freckles drawing! => elvis882.deviantart.com/art/Vl…
Thank you sooooo much for all of your comments/faves on this! I logged onto dA and I had like 1,700 messages overnight!! I appreciate this support so much, and I'll try to reply to all of your comments!
Ok guys I'm not gonna submit a print of this cause it's not my original photo, I just drew it. The photo itself is not copyright to me so i will not sell something that is not originally mine.
For some info on how I drew it and some close ups: :thumb174035562:
I started this before the "Michael Sword" revelation, so now it's even more relevant. Normally I think portraying a character as an angel is totally clichéd, but the Winchesters have always had that religion/faith connection, as well as protecting people, often without their knowledge or thanks.
Since I decided to make posters out of this one, I edited it in photoshop to fill in the black expanses, just in case my shading didn't quite cut it. This is the only time I've done that! I normally retouch graphite drawings to fix whatever the scanner's butchered, but I don't paint over my shading. Just so you know.
graphite pencils + erasers/blendy dealies A3 bristol board references: Supernatural promo photo - Jensen Ackles as Dean Winchester + wings from Sunday Times Magazine cover. details: facefeathers My FAQ: [link]</b>
Finished this way sooner than I thought I would, but that's 'cause the first panel took a bazillion years longer than the other two.
Fanart (kind of) for the TV miniseries Kingdom Hospital (the Stephen King remake). They're images from the beautiful title sequence. Part 2 will be another A4 page with three more images. They wouldn't all fit on one page without missing most of the details.
graphite pencils A4 cartridge paper references: Kingdom Hospitalopening titles.
"End of, stop sulking Get out, you're walkin' Too bad, I've spoken But when I look at you you're forgiven
Your lies, don't want 'em Drop dead, not joking This thing is broken But when I look at you you're forgiven You're forgiven
I know my ex-boyfriend lies Oh he does it every time It's just his permanent disguise Yeah, yeah, but he's drop dead gorgeous..." - Republica
~ TIP: If you go over any shading with a slightly blunt 4H pencil, pressing reasonably hard, it'll cover all white spots and subtly even out tones, without giving the blurry effect of a blending stump. That's why the background looks noisy and photographic instead of just drawn.
~ The fuck did I even choose such a pain in the butt reference for. Oh yeah, I remember now. I chose it 'cause if I could pull it off, it'd be badass.
I didn't use an eraser. I have a couple favourite erasers I use for mistakes. But I never use erasers to actually draw with. I always draw around highlights. Takes longer, but I think it generally looks better.
8B, 5B, 4H graphite pencils, HB mechanical pencil, blending stump in some areas A5 bristol board (half the size of printer paper) ref photo: ~SmoochyIncubus - used with very gracious permission WIP:
“Afterflood” Pencil on acid free Illustration Board 40” x 30”
This almost kicked my ass, I started it in early April completed it the last day of August.
In the area where I live there is a flood plain, every spring these trees are by and large underwater. I came upon this place when the waters receded- I was blown away by the complex movements of line; limbs, branches, twigs and brambles that seemed to be hanging on for dear life. Because it was this complex I had to draw it, the composition was inspired by one of my heroes Franz Kline, often abstraction is the catalyst to my compositions, my previous drawing being inspired by Pollock. The unexpected difficulty in drawing thousands of branches weaving over and under, lost lines, found lines and keeping track of all of it was a bit crazy, but rather Zen at the same time. I worked form life, photos and pieces of twigs that I collected it was quite the journey. After almost eight months on trees I’m off to do a portrait, can't wait.
Hi there, I only snapped 3 wip images of the Depp portrait and here they are. I start with a one inch grid, draw in a detailed outline and then starting from the top left I work my way to the bottom right. I work slowly and go over many areas till they look right, drawing in as much details as I can to make the drawing have a realistic look to it. The Vellum Bristol is great because it has a slight texture to it, this makes for realistic skin. I used a 2b mechanical pencil for most of the portrait, a 3b for large dark areas and a H for lighter areas, tissue to blend large areas and blending sticks for smaller.
I will be uploading a couple of close ups of this one in a moment.
Thanks for looking ~Linda
I worked every day an hour on Taylor Swift. She's sooooo beautiful, it's always really nice to draw her! I also love colours so I drew the flower with colour pencils.
I can't believe that its almost 2010! I started to draw realistic 3 months ago and I haven't stopped since. I never thought that I would draw so much in 3 months lol, I never like my own drawings but I really like doing it!
I used: B, 3b and HB pencils. Tissues And colour pencils for the flower
Anyway I hope you like my Taylor Swift drawing and Merry Christmas to everyone!!!!!!!
This is a new traditional Pin Up,I call this work sketches just because drawing them on my sketchbook,but I think they are but I think they are made well enough to be called illustrations (i hope). In any case this is just onother one of my "pencil exercises" series...hmmmmm I should start to work on bigger size to do a full body pin up...I can't do "exercises" for the rest of my life...
Model: Stephy C (Mariela Henderson) Pencils: 3H,H,HB,2B
This was a hard drawing for me which took a long time to finish. Ref picture was so detailed and I'm not used to drawing so detailed drawings. Some parts were too hard for my current skill set so I had to improvise a little.
I used one of beautiful ~FurtiveLungs' self portraits as ref, but I changed her look and some other things.
Like with my Blade drawing, I wanted to practice drawing in much darker tones + this was some sort of a little experiment. I drew this drawing on fine grain paper, no blending. There are some smaller flaws I'll correct later.
Please wish me luck with my next drawing which will have 4 pairs of eyes, no mouth. Now you can wonder what I'm planning to draw. It will be much more detailed than usual, I hope. Ref for this one is some perfume or jewelery ad, I think.
My finished drawing of Taylor Swift. I´ve put a lot of hours into this piece ( haven´t counted them ) to create one of my most beautiful graphite pencil portraits. Well nothing special to say here so lets get to the stats:
Size is A2 Hahnemühle Nostalgie sketchpaper with 190 gsm All entirely graphite. Only the white dots where made with a white gel pen. Time is unknown. it took me very long . Over a month. A reference were used. WIP´s can be found in my scrapfolder [link]
I completed this around a month ago; I’m not really sure why I didn’t upload it sooner. I haven’t played much of the assassins creed series... this was drawn as a present for my 14 year old cousin.
I got through a few audio books and documentaries while drawing this which gives an indication of the amount of time it took to complete (A lot of audio books are at least 9 hours long). The books included 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep', 'A Brave New World', 'The God Delusion' and more.
This is also the first drawing I have attempted on A3 paper as I usually draw on A4 size. I think perhaps I will use A3 more often.
A dark-ish drawing of Matt Bellamy from Muse (obviously). I'm HEAVILY addicted to Muse in case you haven't noticed yet I feel like repeating myself, but it is true.
Spent over 75 hours on this drawing, which isn't bigger than 20x15 cm (A5 size, twice as small as most of my drawings / standard printing paper).
This scan is larger than the original.
I have struggled during almost the ENTIRE PROCESS. For those who have drawn Matt Bellamy before, know how hard it is to portray this guy. I think it has to do with strong facial features which show little and obvious contours. So don't blame yourself if you can't manage to draw him for the 1st, 2nd or, in my case, 200th time.
Got most of the skintexture done, but in the end I blended most of it so you get that softer/lens blurred effect.
Background shows the cover of my favourite Muse album, Origin of Symmetry, while the title Darkshines is my favourite song of theirs.
Stuff used: - 0.3mm (2H, H, HB, B) mechanical pencils - 0.5mm (4H, 2H, H, HB, B, 2B, 3B) mechanical pencils - 3B & 6B regular pencils for the (near) black parts. - blending done with: tissues, cotton pads. tortillions and Q-tips. - Colouring done with Photoshop CS5. - 2 references used
...after I've seen the port of I was so inspired by it, and I wanted to try something similar. I have always been in love with the eyes of model "california dreamer" (don't know her real name) [link] so I just had to draw them.
So here it is, a minimal drawing of mine.
Hope you all like it.
Original size: 30x50cm (11x19") Technique: pencils Time: about 5 hours
P.S.: This is a freebie, so please download it! Only if you want a signed print, you have to contact me...